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Japanese court rejects Okinawa bid to block US base move

Published 16/09/2016 | 08:46

Japan's defence ministry officials answer questions from a group of protesters who oppose US military proposals (AP)
Japan's defence ministry officials answer questions from a group of protesters who oppose US military proposals (AP)

A Japanese court has ruled that Okinawa governor Takeshi Onaga's revocation of a reclamation permit for a US military base on the southern island was illegal.

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The ruling supports the central government's plan to go ahead with the reclamation, despite protests by local residents.

This decision is the latest development in a legal battle between Okinawa and Tokyo over the relocation plan that has stalled for 20 years.

Okinawa said it will appeal the Fukuoka High Court ruling to the Japanese supreme court.

Mr Onaga revoked approval for the permit last October. The reclamation is required by the US in order to relocate Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to a less populated area on the island.

Many residents regularly complain about the large American troop presence on Okinawa and want the Futenma base closed, rather than moved.

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